Wondering what are some interesting facts about King Cobras? You’re in the right place. In our last post about wild animals, we went over 12 interesting facts about Cassowaries. In this post, we’re going to cover not 10 interesting facts about king cobras, but 20.
But first, before we get into the meat of the post, for survival purposes. Let’s answer one of the most common questions about these poisonous snakes.
Can a person survive a king cobra bite?
16 Deadly Facts About King Cobras
Here are the top 20 details about these wild animals you need to know.
King Cobras are active primarily during the day time. Which makes it one less thing you have to worry about at night time since it’s less likely to have to defend yourself against one when your vision is impaired.
This is the only species of snake in the world that builds the nests.
King Cobras are Cannibalistic. The word ” the greek and it means snake eating. Their diet consists of almost entirely other snakes. They also eat rodents and lizards.
Months Without Food
While we can go only about four weeks without food. They can live for weeks and without eating after eating one of their meals, which is usually another snake.
How can they survive without food for so long? The study of various poisonous snakes from McCue at the University of Arkansas gave us a good answer. In general, their metabolic rates are much lower. They don’t have to use so much energy.
Live up to 20 years old.
One of the dangerous factors about their venom is that it attacks the nervous system. The venom is injected into their victim from two glands located behind their fangs. Their fangs function almost like hypodermic needles which are where the venom travels through into the blood of what they’re biting. The neurotoxin that attacks the central nervous system is what makes it deadly.
The King Cobra sheds its skin about four to six times a year that occur in two-week cycles when they are adults. When they are born, they shed at a faster rate in the first year about twelve times.
Watch this video of King Cobras shedding it’s skin.
Even though they’re one of the most feared snakes and the tribute to many horror movies, The King Cobra actually prefers to stay away from people. Like many other wild animals, even the Grizzly Bear, they don’t normally attack people unless they feel threatened.
Here’s one KC fact that I didn’t know. They’re not actually cobras.
Native to India
These snakes are native to India.
One of the facts about the King Cobras habitat is that they live in India, China, and Asia. Specifically Southeast Asia and Southern China primarily. They also live in the rain forests in those areas. Which many deadly animals, insects, and creatures live.
Only Kings Growl
Here’s a fun fact about King Cobras most people don’t know, they growl. In the video below you can hear what it sounds like.
This is one of the cool facts about king cobras. The neurotoxin that King Cobras release in their venom is strong enough to kill an elephant.
Worlds Longest Venomous Snake
The King Cobra is the worlds longest snake, in addition to being one of the most dangerous, this makes them one of the most feared
They excel in swimming. we know since they tend to always be close to bodies of water, but they’re excellent climbers.
Blinded By The Venom
The venom is so powerful that it causes blurred vision and even vertigoPumping out 2 to 500 mg of venom
King Cobras actually wrestle with other males if they enter the territory of a male trying to mate with a female. The male tries to submit and pummel the others head into the ground.
There are too many amazing facts about these non-cobra snakes, but all facts about king cobras aren’t necessary to know to prepare for an encounter. If you didn’t know these details about the King Cobra, the little details about something you encounter will help you survive an attack from a King Cobra if you’re in their territory and they feel threatened.
Have you ever seen a King Cobra before?
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